The Fainting Jazz Baby Murder Ordeal


Tales of classic scandals, scoundrels and scourges told from historic newspapers in the golden age of yellow journalism…

Dorothy Ellingson Shoots Her Mother

Episode 155 sends us back into the jazz age with another tale of a bad girl gone worse. It seems like a cut and dry case, and it is, but there’s a great deal of drama between her arrest and the somewhat anti-climactic trial. By the way, the sheiks referred to in the story are not from the Middle East, but because of the popularity of popularity of the Rudolph Valentino film, “sheik” became jazz slang for good-looking playboy types.

Theme Music by Dave Sams
“Memphis Blues” by W.C. Handy, “St. Louis Blues” by W.C. Handy, “That’s A Plenty” by Lew Pollack, “Way Down Yonder in New Orleans” by John Turner Layton, Jr. and lyrics by Henry Creamer, “There’ll Be Some Changes Made” (“Changes”) is a popular song by Benton Overstreet (composer) and Billy Higgins, public domain, performed by the U.S. Coast Guard Dixieland Band
Media management by Sean R. Jones
Production assistance by Emily Simer Braun